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Monday, January 11, 2010

Failure to Connect the Dots 

As a casual blogger with a day job and slow typing fingers, I sometimes take several days to catch up with events. Therefore, I'm going to say nothing about whatever Harry Reid said about Barack Obama, because it is trivial compared to recent events concerning national security.

Last Thursday, a White House directed report responding to the Christmas day attempted bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 concluded that the intelligence community failed to "connect the dots" in putting all the pieces of information and analysis together. President Obama announced his response in a series of steps to prevent such lapses in the future.

The President appears to be starting to come to grips with a reality far different than that perceived in the liberal lala land which formed much of his political career. Mark Steyn points out that that world view has put us into a a dangerous position in the world and that voters should have given that more consideration over a year ago.
According to one poll, 58 percent of Americans are in favor of waterboarding young Umar Farouk. Well, you should have thought about that before you made a community organizer president of the world’s superpower. The election of Barack Obama was a fundamentally unserious act by the U.S. electorate, and you can’t blame the world’s mischief-makers, from Putin to Ahmadinejad to the many Gitmo recidivists now running around Yemen, from drawing the correct conclusion.

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